Two held in London after Indian mission damaged in Kashmir protest – Newspaper

LONDON: Two people were arrested in connection with a demonstration in front of the High Commission of India in the Aldwych area in London on Tuesday.

The demonstration, announced as the "March for the freedom of Kashmir," was organized to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir in India 30 days after Article 370 was revoked in the valley and curfew was imposed.

Read: Thousands of people march to the High Commission of India in London while the Kashmir blockade occupies the 30th day

A spokesman for the mayor of London said Sunrise: “The mayor supports the right to peaceful and legal protests. It condemns the violence and illegal activity of a small minority that has taken place outside the High Commission of India in London. "

The mayor's statement comes one day after the massive march against Modi from Parliament Square to Aldwych, where Pakistani and Kashmir protesters shouted slogans condemning Indian atrocities in retained Kashmir and demanding an end to the occupation of the valley.

The protest was organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, condemned reports of damage to the facilities of the Indian HC during the demonstration.

In response to a tweet from the Indian mission that the high commission had been damaged during what he described as a protest & # 39; violent & # 39 ;, the mayor tweeted: “I completely condemn this unacceptable behavior and have raised this problem to the Metropolitan Police to take action. . "

The Indian HC also shared a photo of a partially broken and stained glass with what looks like eggs.

Tuesday's protest came two weeks after a protest for Kashmir's freedom took place outside the Indian HC on August 15.

A clash between Indian and Pakistani protesters resulted in four arrests, Met Police then said.

The following week, Indian newspapers reported widely that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reportedly "lamented the incidents of violence outside the High Commission of India in London "on the day of independence from India.

A statement said Mr. Modi complained to Mr. Johnson about "violence against members of the Indian diaspora."

The statement also said Johnson regretted the incident and said measures will be taken to ensure the safety of the High Commission, its staff and visitors.

The UK president of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Tahseen Gilani, said the protest was largely "peaceful and successful", but that security volunteers prevented the political figures of Azad Jammu and Kashmir from giving speeches and They rejected when they resisted.

His comment referred to a video of a battered gentleman during the protest that was later distributed on social networks.

Posted on Dawn, September 5, 2019



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